The Story Hour: A Novel by Thrity Umrigar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I liked the book, much as I liked The Weight of Heaven. Instead of Americans in India, we have Indians in America, a husband-and-wife who are miserably married and an Indian husband/African-American wife who are happy. Or are they? Throughout the book we learn of their histories, as Maddie treats Lakshmi, trying to prevent another suicide attempt and give her a life worth living. Why Maddie breaks every rule of therapy is never clear, but the effect of those decisions are tragic. Or, again, maybe not.
Perhaps that's why I like Umrigar's books: unlikeable characters, impossible situations, but you have to stop and think because they feel so very real, as though you might meet a Maddie, or a Lakshmi, one day. Even better, the ending is ambiguous, leaving the reader to decide what happens.
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